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Recognizing the Early Signs of Anemia (February 9, 2017)

Anemia (an inadequate supply of red blood cells) can cause symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Other possible signs of this condition include rapid heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty... Continue Reading

Syndros™ Approved for Treating Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (July 12, 2016)

The orally administered liquid formulation, Syndros (dronabinol), has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.... Continue Reading

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and Risk of Serious Stomach Problems (May 5, 2016)

By David Borenstein, MD, Managing Editor theSpineCommunity.com Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a class of drugs used for a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. They can decrease pain... Continue Reading

Anamorelin May Be First Drug to Treat Cancer Cachexia (October 14, 2014)

A new drug, anamorelin, may be the first ever to effectively improve cancer cachexia. These findings were presented at the 2014 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Madrid, Spain, September... Continue Reading

Marriage May Have a Protective Effect for Cancer Patients (December 17, 2013)

Social support may have a significant impact on cancer detection, treatment, and survival, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study showed that married... Continue Reading

Over Regulation of Opioids May Leave Cancer Patients in Pain (December 3, 2013)

A worldwide trend toward over-regulation of opioid-based painkillers such as morphine and fentanyl is leaving billions of cancer patients to suffer intolerable pain, according to the results of a study... Continue Reading

Yoga Improves Sleep Quality in Cancer Survivors (September 11, 2013)

Cancer survivors who participated in a special yoga program reported better sleep quality and less reliance on sleep medication, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical... Continue Reading

Ginseng Supplements May Relieve Cancer-Related Fatigue (August 14, 2013)

Cancer patients and survivors who took ginseng supplements for two months felt noticeable relief from fatigue, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Fatigue... Continue Reading

Neulasta Significantly Reduces Febrile Neutropenia Among Colorectal Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy Plus Avasatin (July 15, 2013)

Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) significantly reduced the incidence of grade 3/4 febrile neutropenia among patients with locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer who received chemotherapy with FOLFOX... Continue Reading

Antidepressant Cymbalta May Reduce Pain from Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (May 24, 2013)

The antidepressant Cymbalta® (duloxetine) appears to reduce the numbness and tingling associated with taxane or platinum-based chemotherapy, according to the results of a study published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Bladder (January 18, 2013)

Overview Some cancer treatments may cause problems with your bladder. Specifically, some chemotherapy drugs, treatments delivered into your bladder and/or radiation to the pelvis can cause an irritation... Continue Reading

Exercise Reduces Cancer-Related Fatigue (November 30, 2012)

Aerobic exercise can relieve the fatigue associated with cancer and its treatment, according to an updated systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. Fatigue is one of the most common side effects... Continue Reading

Antidepressant Cymbalta Might Tame Post-Chemotherapy Pain (August 3, 2012)

The antidepressant Cymbalta® (duloxetine) appears to reduce the numbness and tingling associated with taxane or platinum-based chemotherapy, according to the results of a study presented at the 2012 annual... Continue Reading

Naproxen May Relieve Bone Pain Associated with Neulasta (August 2, 2012)

Twice-daily naproxen is effective in reducing the incidence and severity of bone pain associated with the use of Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim), according to the results of a study published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Arrhythmia Risk Leads to Label Change for Zofran (July 9, 2012)

Interim data from a recent clinical trial has indicated that a 32 mg single dose of Zofran® (ondansetron) may affect the electrical activity of the heart and could predispose patients to develop an abnormal... Continue Reading

Nplate Produces Rapid Response in Adults with ITP (December 20, 2011)

Among adults with low platelet counts or bleeding symptoms from primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), treatment with Nplate® (romiplostim) produces a rapid increase in platelet counts. These results... Continue Reading

Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients (August 5, 2011)

Annette Tersigni RN, yoga nurse, entrepreneur and yogapreneur has created a transformational new movement in health care called Yoga Nursing®. She helps nurses, yoga therapists and other care givers... Continue Reading

Preparing for Surgery (June 22, 2011)

You can help ensure that your surgery and recovery go smoothly and that you have the best outcome possible by preparing yourself ahead of time. Here are a few tips to keep you healthy and comfortable and... Continue Reading

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